Posts Tagged ‘rack temperature’

A Network Power Switch with Monitoring and Alarm Capabilities

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Not too many years ago, it was rare to find a network power switch in a remote network equipment cabinet. Prior to the popularity of out of band management, many network administrators relied on an expensive service call whenever a network element at a remote site needed to be rebooted. But as the concept of out of band management has become more widely accepted, we’re now at a point where it’s pretty rare to find a remote network equipment cabinet that doesn’t include a network power switch.

(more…)

A Console Access Server with Alarm Features Cuts Expenses and Downtime

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

A well-designed, full featured console access server can do a whole lot more than merely provide out of band access to console port command functions on remote network devices. If a console access server includes environmental alarms and event alarms, then it can also help network administrators to keep better tabs on conditions at remote network equipment sites.

(more…)

A Linux Powered Console Server Saves Time and Money

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

When minor problems at a remote network equipment site disrupt network communication, often the only way to restore communication is a service call to the remote site to deal with the problem in person. Although service calls to the remote network equipment racks provide a simple means to get your network back up and running again, service calls are also expensive and time consuming. Sending a service team out on the road is not only costly, but it also monopolizes key support personnel when they might be needed back at the central office. In addition to the cost of the service call, there’s also a built-in delay factor; before your service techs can even begin to deal with your network communication problems, sometimes they need to spend a day or so traveling to the remote equipment rack first.

(more…)

Console Servers Provide the Ideal Solution for Remote Network Equipment Management

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The biggest problem with managing remote network equipment sites is fairly obvious; due to the “remote” nature of these sites, it’s usually pretty difficult for an administrator to know exactly what’s going on at a remote site and if anything does go wrong, then the only way to fix it is an expensive, time consuming service call to a site that might be located in a whole different time zone. Remote site management would be easy if you could permanently station a tech support team on-site 24-7, but who’s got the budget for that these days? In cases like this, a console server unit, intelligently deployed at a remote site can often accomplish the same thing as on-site personnel … at a fraction of the cost and also faster and more efficiently than a service call or truck roll.

(more…)

Using a Console Server Management Unit to Detect Temperatures at Remote Equipment Racks

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The task of managing network equipment at remote installation sites can sometimes be difficult, especially if you don’t have a good idea of exactly what’s going on at the remote site. A console server management unit helps to ease some of this difficulty by providing network administrators with secure, reliable out of band communication with devices at remote network equipment sites, and if the console server management unit also includes rack temperature monitoring functions, it can further simplify out of band management by providing a clearer picture of environmental conditions at remote sites.

(more…)

Rack Temperature Alarms Help Console Access Server Units to Keep Tabs on Remote Equipment Sites

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Abnormally high or low rack temperatures can often be an indication of potential problems at a network equipment site. If a network equipment rack is located down the hall from your office, then it’s relatively easy to keep track of rack temperatures. But if the equipment rack is located in a remote site, half a world away from your office, then tracking equipment temperatures can present a bit of a challenge. In cases like this, a console access server that includes a temperature alarm feature can often prove to be a valuable asset for network administrators who are responsible for equipment at remote installations.

(more…)

The Temperature Alarm – A Vital Component for Any Console Access Server

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

When managing a remote network equipment site, there are many different factors that a network administrator needs to be aware of. In addition to monitoring events such as power supply abnormalities and device failure, there are also a number of environmental factors that must be closely watched in order to ensure network reliability. The most important environmental factor is rack temperature; when a console access server (http://www.wti.com/c-51-console-access-servers.aspx) includes the ability to monitor rack temperature, this drastically simplifies the task of remote management, by providing administrators with assurance that remote devices are not overheating or being subjected to excessive cold.

(more…)

Do You Need to Know When Power to Network Devices has Been Interrupted?

Friday, August 27th, 2010

WTI RSM and TSM serial switch products include a power cycle alarm, which can be used to provide notification when power to the serial switch is interrupted for any reason. This may go without saying, but in most cases, when power to your serial switch has been interrupted, this generally means that power to your other rack mount network equipment has been interrupted too.

(more…)